THE RE-BRAND: ESSENCE OF HARRIS

 

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I’m so excited to share this post with you all as I feel like working with this brand sums up perfectly the reasons why I love being a blogger. For those of you who have followed my blog for a little while – you may have read my previous post back in April reviewing Buth Bheag Candle Co.

Since the spring this luxury brand has gone from strength to strength with the help of bloggers and influencers from across the UK sharing the love for their stunning range of products. They have now landed themselves over 30 stockists and two brand new shops.

 

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Sometimes when a project or new venture takes shape and naturally progresses a re-brand can be a really exciting and refreshing way to move forward and celebrate the success you’ve made. When the team announced the re-brand I instantly couldn’t wait to see what this meant for them as a company; I was pleasantly suprised to see that they are still taking their inspiration from their beautiful home of the Scottish Isles by keeping their scents named after the many beaches that make up the stunning coastline.

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When I opened the parcel up to reveal the two beautifully packaged items I thought for a moment what good gifts they would make. The re-brand has taken on a slightly more mature, sophisticated vibe.

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You can tell as soon as you open the box that it’s a luxury item – from the on trend marble exterior to the minimal, slick glassware. Each and every perfectly executed little detail completely sets Essence of Harris apart from the other brands on the market. Everything down to their scent collections, packaging and brand story is unique and you truly feel like you have a little bit of paradise in your home when you purchase from them.

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Each scent collection comes in a different colour palette, each with rose gold lettering which makes the new range ideal for gifts with the festive season coming around.

Another reason that makes this new collection special is the fact they’ve gone right back to basics by discussing how each of the candles and reed diffusers are made on the side of the packaging. Absolutely every single item is hand-poured with love in the Isle of Harris and you can even learn more about the creators of the brand on the ‘Our Team’ section of their website.
WINTER SCENT REVIEW:
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A sophisticated, deep and sensual scent with top notes of pomegranate, plum and rose.
(Black Pomegranate Reed Diffuser, £17. Available at http://www.essenceofharris.co.uk)
Warm, cosy and not too overpowering. It’s also a very natural scent, sometimes in the past I’ve purchased room sprays and diffusers that are way too strong and almost have an artificial scent.
Each of their diffuser ranges come the 100ml size which will usually last for up to 12 weeks. Ideal for Christmas in the living room or bedroom.
Shop the full luxury range by clicking here. 
Make to follow them on Instagram to find out more about this exciting brand and keep up to date with their most recent collections!
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WINTER COAT PERFECTION | CAMDEN MARKET

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Camden has always been one of my favourites spots in London – both for shopping and enjoying the colourful nightlife. I celebrated my 18th birthday in a club called ‘Proud’ situated in the famous horse stables market & had the most amazing time. Camden is in a league of its own with a huge food market, hundreds of independent stalls and super friendly atmosphere. There isn’t anywhere else like it – which is why I love spending time there.

On a recent visit, I walked down the cobbled market street and literally fell in love with a coat. Honest. I don’t know if it’s my love for fashion and styling or if I’m just a certified shopaholic but when I fall in love with an item of clothing, I have to have it.

Outfit Details: Faux Fur Coat, £129 Unit 11c, Camden Lock Market. Chunky Knit Jumper, £65, Zara. Joni Jeans, £39, Topshop. Cut Out Boots, £32.99 New Look.

At first I was struck by the super plush white faux fur hood, which can easily be detached so that you can wear the coat more casually or when it’s not so cold. I am a sucker for anything faux fur at the best of times but this coat encapsulates everything I love about styling for winter in one item. The oversized design combined with the soft tailoring detail is stunning & makes the coat an eye catching statement piece – ideal for when you want to still feel glam when it’s freezing outside!

The coat is one size, which can sometimes be a complete nightmare but it turned out to be my lucky day and the fit was perfect. With it being a Korean design I had a feeling when I put it on for the first time that it would be miles too small, but I was pleasantly surprised – the sizing translates to a UK 10/12/14 depending on desired fit.

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Personally, I like to style the coat with a chunky knit underneath and keep the rest of the outfit minimal. The coat is a typical Korean design with a flattering dipped hem and darted sleeves. There’s something a little All Saints-y about the cut and shape of the coat – the material is also very similar to the heavy industrial standard fabrics that All Saints have recently used for their capsule AW collection.

If you’re a Londoner like me or even if you’ve got plans to visit soon, I would highly recommend visiting Unit 11c, their unusual designs are well worth browsing and the staff are absolutely lovely. For stock availability please contact 02074286483.

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For personal styling enquiries and bookings please complete my online form below.

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CANDLE SCOOP | THE SCENTS YOU NEED THIS CHRISTMAS

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This week I received a very special package from my favourite candle brand Buth Bheag Candle co. You may have already read about this brand on my blog back in April this year where I reviewed two candles from both the Losgaintir and Huisinins collection. You can catch up here.

Since my last post the company has been going from strength to strength with mini pop up shops and the launch of several new fragrances. It’s always a joy to collaborate with independent, ambitious brands that have created a unique and exciting product; Buth Bheag Candle Co. are the ultimate pleasure to work with, from the team to the products, it’s the ultimate luxury experience.

In this post I’m going to review two products each from new collections that have launched this year – both of which I absolutely love! Plus, this is my first festive post of the year which makes me so excited!

Cranberry Christmas Candle

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“A festive combination of cranberries, orange and cinnamon with floral back notes on a base of sandal, cedar, musk vanilla and sugar.”

If like me, you love Christmas and all things festive, you have to get your hands on the new Christmas collection. When I first opened the box the scent reminded me of all things festive and when lit, the candle fills the room with a gorgeous rich fragrance. I wanted to point out that a lot of scented Christmas candles can become quite headachey after a while but this one is completely different. The soy formula burns slower than most candles I’ve purchased in the past, they also last a lot longer than most other brands I’ve tried.

The Christmas collection features wax melts and reed diffusers so you can choose which product works best with your household. One thing I really like about the Christmas candle is the glass jar and festive design – it makes the perfect centre piece for the dinner table or little addition to the mantle piece.

Horgabost

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“Stimulating and sensual – evoking the tranquil beauty of an exotic eastern garden. Top notes of tangy lemongrass, Sicilian lemons and juicy limes lead into a heart of spicy ginger root and grated nutmeg, and a hint of refreshing eucalyptus. Base notes include sensual patchouli, white woods and creamy vanilla.”

This candle is very different from their other collections, this luxury scent is incredibly refreshing – the citrus burst makes you feel instantly uplifted, to me, this is the ideal scent to burn in the morning or to have in the bathroom.

I recently went for dinner at Sketch, the famous French restaurant in Mayfair, London and I remembered they has numerous Diptyque candles burning – the scent was very fresh and citrus based much like the Horgabost collection. When I first smelt this candle, I was reminded of that night – the scents are practically identical however Diptyque candles start at £40, four times the price of Buth Bheag’s collection! Not only do they use the very best ingredients – each scent is blended to perfection. What I love about this brand is the fact you can enjoy luxury in your home for less.

The deisgn of the Horgabost collection is similar to their previous collections with a minimal design. The chic packaging gives them a sophisticated edge and the greyscale beach scene on the sides is a reminder that each and every candle has been hand poured in the beautiful Isle of Harris.

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If you’re looking to start your Christmas shopping early, take a look at the gift sets available on their website by clicking here.

For all enquiries please contact info@buthbheagcandleco.uk

Follow them on Instagram to find out more about this exciting brand and keep up to date with their most recent collections!

@buthbheagcandleco. 

 

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ALL BLACK EVERYTHING

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This week I met up with Lauren Francine on location at the Park Estate in Nottingham – after meeting recently we decided to shoot some outfits and talk fashion over cocktails! Lauren is a fashion blogger over at www.binbagcouture.com and has recently collaborated with boohoo.com!

When I was prepping for the shoot I wanted to showcase two very different looks to replicate the edit rails I put together at my Style Lounge.

For my first look I went for an all black outfit, which is my absolute go-to. I often get asked at work why I wear all black by choice and the answer is simple – I spend my day styling other people and focusing on them, so when it comes to my outfit, I want it to be sharp and stylish but understated at the same time so that the customer knows the day is about them.

I’m excited to share this post with you as it features one of my favourite new season pieces by Topshop – the Sleeveless Faux Leather Jacket. I adore this piece – the chunky metal belt gives it a rebellious edge and the greyish tint of the fabric makes it the perfect alternative to a heavy classic biker jacket, meaning you can wear it through spring.

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Photography by Lauren Francine.

Shot at Pitcher and Piano, Nottingham.

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Outfit Details:

Black Uttara Trousers – MISSGUIDED

Sleeveless Faux Leather Jacket – TOPSHOP

Black Lace-Up Ankle Boots – PUBLIC DESIRE

Long Sleeved Jersey Top – PRIMARK

Sunglasses – TK MAXX

To book in with me for a personal styling session at Outfit Nottingham please send an email to beccioshea@gmail.com.

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SECOND SUMMER | CORNISH BREAK

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Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share another travel post with you – yesterday I came back from the most amazing 10 day holiday in Cornwall & Devon! Before we left I was a little bit worried that the weather might be awful…(you know that typical British non-stop rain then quick burst of sunshine then a thunder storm kind of weather?)  but to our astonishment we were incredibly lucky and were able to enjoy beautiful sunshine while we were there.

Like many people who grew up down south in and around London – Cornwall and Devon were the perfect short break holiday destinations. I used to go every year with my grandparents when I was a child and this year we decided to go back to our favourite beaches and towns.
 For the first week we stayed in Penzance right next to the iconic harbour, then we moved on to Devon and stayed in a village close by to Salcombe where I had learnt to sail throughout my childhood. This holiday was so special for me as I haven’t been back to any of these places since I was about 10 years old! If any of you have already visited this part of the UK you will already know how magical it is but for those of you who haven’t I really hope this post will inspire you to visit one day.
In this post I will share my photographs of all the beautiful locations we visited, the activities we did and give you a low down on the best restaurants and activities to get involved with if you ever plan a trip there yourself!
THE EDEN PROJECT | BODELVA, CORNWALL
On the way down to Penzance we stopped by the Eden Project, which really deserves a blog post all to itself! We visited the indoor rainforest, the Mediterranean biome and even came really close to an endangered species of Rainforest Wood Partridges which had been introduced there! They were super friendly (one was sporting an amazing Mohican – but he was a bit camera shy.) The Eden Project is also a registered charity and supports conservation across the globe whilst helping to raise awareness of deforestation. I adore this place.
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That’s a leaf not a French fry by the way!
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OUR APARTMENT | PENZANCE HARBOUR, CORNWALL
When we arrived in Penzance we went straight to our apartment to unpack and relax after a very long journey! When we unlocked the door I couldn’t believe how beautiful the apartment was, the views from our balcony were incredible and the actual apartment itself was so luxurious!
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THE MINACK THEATRE | PENZANCE
So if you stay in Cornwall, you HAVE to visit the Minack Theatre, even if you don’t catch a play, just the place is worth seeing. The theatre is carved into the cliff face which overlooks the Atlantic ocean and was built by a women called Rowena Cade. Right next to the theatre is a bit of a sketchy climb down to the beach (which is a bit scary but totally worth it as the beach is beautiful!) This is one of those places that you visit which quite literally takes your breath away. After visiting it in the daytime we loved it so much that we came back a few days later and watched a night time showing of ‘Much ado about nothing’.
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  That’s the gorgeous beach below the theatre…
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Incredible views from our seats at the theatre.
BLACKS RESTURANT & BAR | PENZANCE
Just aroud the corner from our apartment was this chic little restaurant & bar, they had a great selection of local ales and had a really fantastic food menu. The service was flawless and the owners were lovely, they even made us a list of things to do just in case it rained! One of my absolute favourite places to eat & drink in the West Country.
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HIGHER TREMENHEERE HORSE RIDING SCHOOL | PENZANCE
While on our holiday I was able to tick off one of my lifetime dreams to ride a horse by the beach! My Horse was called Doug (he really suited that name!) and he was incredibly beautiful. These stables were fantastic and I could tell how much the girls loved the animals. During our session Georgina took us into the last stable and introduced us to their beautiful Dalmatian puppies! They were five weeks old and were the absolute definition of adorable.
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SILK’S BISTRO & CHAMPAGNE BAR | NEWQUAY
Our first destination when we arrived in Newquay was Silk’s! If you’re like me and LOVE champagne, this place will blow your mind. As soon as you walk in, you are literally surrounded by Swarovski encrusted Moet & Chandon Bottles, palm trees and all things luxury! Plus the view is just ridiculously beautiful, I had to remind myself that we were in the UK!
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NEWQUAY BAY BEACH | NEWQUAY
Surf’s up! This is a really popular surf spot with the locals, the beach runs for miles of golden sand and the waves are perfect for water sports. Newquay bay has loads of rock pools full of crabs, clams and mussels which makes it a lot of fun for children, plus the beach is dog friendly! Perfect day out for all the family.
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 SAIL SCHOOL | ST IVES
 Whilst my Grandparents visited the Tate Modern which overlooks the beautiful sandy beaches, we decided to see if we could spot any marine animals. This area of Cornwall has a healthy population of Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Sea Lions and Seals due to its geographical positioning. On our sailing trip we did spot a family of seals and their pups, but as the sun was setting I couldn’t get a good photo – you can just about make them out below.
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 BLACKPOOL SANDS | DEVON
Our final location was my favourite by far, Blackpool Sands is an award winning beach in south Devon, we would always visit this bay on the way home to London and I would look forward to it all week. The water here is crystal clear, calm and incredibly clean, perfect for paddle boarding, swimming or just for dipping your feet in. Blackpool sands do their bit to protect our oceans by having a strict policy regarding waste , their beach café does not issue straws due the amount of harm they can cause to sea life and around the site you can find information on how you can do your bit to keep our oceans clean and safe for the animals that live inside it.
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I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos I took and if you are interested in staying down in Penzance drop me an email beccioshea@gmail.com and I can put you in touch with the company we rented our apartment from.